9-Year-Old Robbed at Gunpoint While Working Lemonade Stand

Authorities believe the teen left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand

A teenager who held up a North Carolina lemonade stand for $17 was still at large Monday, and authorities said they hoped to track him through surveillance footage and possible DNA and fingerprint tests.

"The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy's stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot", the Union County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies say the boy was approached by a black male teen wearing a camouflague hat and black shirt.

Neighbours told WCNC-TV that the boy's organic lemonade stand is well known in the neighbourhood, and that he is an entrepreneur who also mows lawns in the community. "They found the camo hat we believe was worn by the suspect", Underwood said. "Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery".

On Sunday, the 9-year-old was selling lemonade again - with his mom and dad this time.

"You know, I think people are capable of a lot of things but not robbing a child at a lemonade stand".

The boy has been selling lemonade to raise money and buy a new lawnmower for his other weekend business.

Those with information that might assist detectives in this matter should contact the Union County Sheriff's Office or Union County Crimestoppers.

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